Poetry. Rarely is a debut collection described as "fearless," "the real deal," showing "voracious intelligence"—especially when the poet has reached 80 years. Florence Fogelin's lyric poetry, informed by a "nomad's telescope," focuses on desire and mortality, marriage and place. Like "stone masons chipping at perplexity," she crafts a journey—from Vermont to Sicily, from tearing down a boathouse to talking with Sappho on a NYC subway—finding "the eternal hope seen in every graveyard" while "doubting the existence of guardrails."
Florence Fogelin's first published poem appeared in Negative Capability on the recommendation of Richard Eberhart. Subsequent poems have appeared in Poet Lore, the Cumberland Poetry Review, The Lyric, and other journals. "Once It Stops," her title poem, was featured on the Poetry Daily website, following publication in The Florida Review. Her chapbook, Facing the Light, was said by John Engels to be "elegant work, direct, unaffected, eloquent and passionate." She has been a finalist for the Gell Prize by Writers & Books and a semifinalist for Word Works' Washington Prize. Three poems were included in the Press 53 Open Awards Anthology 2013, one of which was featured-with two others-by the website: womensvoicesforchange.com. A graduate of Duke University with masters degrees from Yale University and Claremont Graduate School, Fogelin has written and edited publications at Yale University and Dartmouth College. A resident of Vermont, she organized a reading at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum by twenty poets from Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, in which her work appeared. Married to a professor of philosophy, she has three adult sons. In addition to writing, editing, and teaching, Dawn sings and plays fiddle with the band Doughty Hill. She lives in Harmony, Maine, with photographer Thomas Birtwistle and their two sons. For more about Dawn and her work, visit her blog. Author City: WHT RIVR JCT, VT USA